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digging for answers into the actions and motives of the boston marathon bombing suspects the surviving assailant captured by police says the attack was inspired by u.s. wars in iraq and afghanistan meanwhile investigators arrive in russia to get more info on his brother's visit last year. nato feeling the pinch with financial troubles of biting military budgets of its european allies the us struggling with a disproportionate responsibility of funding the blocs defense. following the ongoing hunger strike it get mowed dragging into its third month now officials saying the number of inmates refusing food is risen to ninety two protesters taking to the streets in london in support of the last u.k. resident being held there.
eleven pm in moscow i met très a good having you with us here on r t our top story the u.s. wars in iraq and afghanistan motivated the worst attack on u.s. soil in more than a decade that's what the surviving suspect in the boston marathon bombings has told investigators the f.b.i. saying the explosives were detonated from a distance likely including components from remote controlled cars are jihadist icy churkin has more from boston. as the nineteen year old boston bombing suspect dzhokhar tzar naiads condition improves from serious to fair he's beginning to reveal information to investigators from what we're hearing on the ground according to officials certain i have has said that the motive behind the two bombings that took place on monday april fifteenth for the wars you what the u.s. has been fighting in iraq and afghanistan according to officials are now it has also said that him and his brother were self radhika lies he allegedly says that
the two brothers were not involved and were not in contact with any foreign extremist groups and that they learned everything themselves by basically going online and learning how to build build the bombs through the internet he has also said that his older brother to milan's hard i have who was twenty six years old at the time of the bombings is according to joe hart the mastermind behind the attacks that they carried out now here in boston right now obviously as this investigation continues the barricades of the area that was cordoned off at the finishing line of the boston marathon are being removed we know that the eight year old victim of the bombings has been laid to rest here on tuesday and earlier boston the hospitals also announced that the number of people injured well has risen up from over one hundred seventy five to two hundred and sixty people now as this information comes
in in terms of just hard being able to share more of course we have to remind our viewers that he is that he has been charged with the use of weapons of mass destruction as well as militias destruction of property resulting in death and what this means is that the hearts are now have is now faced with a death penalty or any number of years behind bars including being imprisoned for life he's also faced with a fine of two hundred fifty thousand u.s. dollars and obviously he's being treated. is a federal criminal right now although they were talking earlier about the possibility of trying him in a military tribunal but the white house has revoked this option it's also important to mention that of course the f.b.i. now is being grilled about their knowledge of the older brother tamerlan traveling to russia back in two thousand and twelve because of course according to our knowledge russian officials advised the united states to look into his identity to
see whether or not he could possibly be involved with any kind of extremist radical groups and the f.b.i. back then two years ago deemed him not dangerous and freedom and of course has been receiving major criticism here in boston and throughout the united states with people saying that possibly maybe this attack could have been prevented we're continuing reporting from the ground as this story develops and it's going to party boston massachusetts u.s. officials have gone to dagestan where they have the suspects parents and gathering information about time or lens visit there in two thousand and twelve meanwhile a local resident was able to capture the dramatic shootout between the two bombing suspects and police tamara lyon and joe hart's are in i used another pressure cooker bomb similar devices detonated during the marathon police said tamra was being handcuffed when his younger brother ran him over fleeing from the scene dzhokhar was eventually found hiding in a boat in a residential neighborhood after a wide scale manhunt the founder of independent media outlet wide awake news though
charlie mcgrath things washington could be creating enemies because of how it conducts the war on terror. radicalizing the world seems to be what we're really good at right now getting people angry at this nation certainly seems to be a valid argument that is going to be brought before us in the future we've been waging a war on terror for over a decade now we've destabilized how many countries and we're killing how many nationals that have nothing to do with terrorism whatsoever and we're doing it for reasons that the american people been lied to overwrite weapons of mass destruction and so on so can this lead to people becoming hostile towards the west how can it not affect the columbia law school's human right institute six months ago came out the report showing a that obama is exponentially increased the number of drone strikes since he's been president but it didn't ninety eight percent of the casualties and drone strikes are civilian so it's fifty civilians killed for every one so-called high value target that's being killed the notion we want peace with the rest of the world well
that's all words that's all talk when the cameras are on and the cameras are off the drones why and people die in the wake of the boston bombings chechen militant commander of one of russia's most wanted man ahmed is a coyote was interviewed on c.n.n. where he denied that sinai of brothers who are ethnic chechens had ties to militant groups earlier my colleague henri's who she spoke with artie's arena lucia go about why those a cab was given an international media platform. kid living in london he's actually really well known person out there his cause is being supported by none other than vanessa redgrave a prominent. he actually happens to be an actor himself and you can tell that he's made quite quite a switch from the old days when you say fifteen years ago when he was a field commander you know you see him with a bearded man dressed in fatigues in calif. military wear and now he's wearing you
know nice dress suits with him as a terrorist because he's known for his connection to who was the mastermind behind several of the terror attacks which happened in in russia particularly the theater siege and the north two thousand and two russia has actually presented documents that have supported evidence against in this particular instance and get his extradition was refused to russia first by denmark and then by the united kingdom in part of the interview the presenter translates a bit for and actually refers to some of the militants. she does that she refers to the terror suspects of in the boston bombing as these boys take for example the new york times headline which made waves in the news world the headline read far from war torn homeland trying to fit in i mean is sympathetic to the to the terror. freedom solution also portrays the image of chechnya absolutely ravaged country that's pretty much what you would see happening in iraq
or afghanistan whereas if you looked at the capital of grozny and today you would you would be amazing i would think it's or sydney or any other extremely civilized inhabited very minor i would say peaceful town or city even what separates an act of terror from any other kind of violence or target it's a question host peter lavelle put together on his show crosstalk in the wake of the bombings here's a quick preview. well terrorism but the rora sandy hook tucson in columbine not the muslim community in america today in fact is asking that same very question that why are some things able to terrorism worse is another which is not but more importantly the discussion that is going on in the dinner tables on the dinner tables these days among muslim families is that why is it that always a non muslim when somebody goes to sandy hook that they are all of it insane but
when a muslim commits an act of terrorism that they're all is perfectly fine psychologically i completely disagree the definition of terrorism that we had here to certainly in north america is threefold first it should involve a non-state actor that is an individual or a group secondly the targeting the violence should be directed against civilians some kind of a civilian target and third third should be some kind of a political aim and it's the that last point that last part of the definition which separates the boston attack from the other ones which you just mentioned. full edition of crossfire coming up in about twenty minutes here on our t.v. well as european countries wrestle with their budget deficits and slash military spending it's becoming harder for nato to stay fiscally sound the alliance is top
officer has slammed the e.u. allies for getting a free ride with the u.s. left to bear the brunt of defense finances crisis hit nato states have already charred more than forty five billion from the alliance treasury the equivalent of germany's whole military budget the number of european troops in the u.s. led bloc has also dropped from two and a half million in two thousand to one point eight six million now and one of us is also trimming its military cos its share of the budget still seventy five percent of the total. reports from brussels concern over nato as future could be growing. the nato secretary general anders fogh rasmussen had actually come out and warned its partners against the danger of more defense spending cuts as we've already seen especially from its european partners this opinion was also echoed by the former u.s. defense secretary robert gates he said that if this trend does continue to be alliance it could be in danger of moving into what he called
a collective military irrelevance so there's the question of whether or not the will actually still be relevant given the decrease in its capabilities and there are signals coming from the u.s. that they are not keen on continuing that kind of partnership with this sort of inequality and also looking at the u.s. his own budget costs as well as its shift in priority especially after we've heard that pivot to asia so they have their own concerns so they're questioning the kind of the new lion the kind of partnership that they have especially with european countries moving forward they're also facing some lack of enthusiasm from european members such as germany for instance was very eager to contribute to any military operation so we're getting. the nato secretary general has come out saying that the capability of nato will be impacted and there is a question of critics on the actual relevance of the alliance. there's not much enthusiasm from its members to contribute or to to give more. into the alliance
moving forward defense budgets have been steadily declining across the alliance with few allies meeting their own goal of spending two percent of g.d.p. on defense. has more. ambitious and its current perspective. the organization was created to counter the soviet union with soviet union long gone it has to keep easy over the years nato has gone from being a defense organization to becoming an offensive force with a missions that go far beyond north america and europe they refer to those ambitions as out of area operations which have included of ghana stand in libya now part of nato the very powerful part which includes the u.s. the u.k. and france pretty much see those out of area operations as the future of the organization but that. has to go global doesn't sync well with all twenty eight members of the alliance who know they will have to foot the bill the lack of consensus showed when germany by far europe strongest nation refused to provide
resources for nato bombings two years ago back then nato has gone beyond its un mandate which was to protect civilians it has effectively created a power vacuum in which all kinds of extremists have flourished since then not to mention the destruction of the country's infrastructure but it was not just the u.n. mandate with nato has gone beyond its own core principle of the organization which is to stick to protecting its members the long war in of staying has made europe question the alliances mission their time and time again even now as nato forces prepared to withdraw many feared that what they are leaving behind is a security vacuum which promises it of aid that may never be fulfilled as the u.s. is pivoting to asia there's talk among nato members about a wide of partnership like to get japan and australia more involved both have already made significant contributions to nato and not just those countries so with the organization growing there is another concern that nato may eventually be
tempted to present itself as the whole of the international community when it's not and it may set grounds for lateral actions in the future ignoring the broader international community the president is there and nato bombings of yugoslavia in the one nine hundred ninety s. some believe that campaign contributed to the. mindset that led to the war in iraq the kind of mindset that the international community the u.n. can be bypassed at the will of one or two a powerful country in washington i'm going to check out a man who's been trying to review its military spending amid biting austerity by introducing its quote smart defense strategy last year it's based on pooling and sharing when partners are supposed to decide what they want to specialize in on with targeted spending on areas of common interest or he's already sushi spoke with james goldgeier dean of the school of international service at american university in washington and a former member of the national security council for his take the problem is with
the notion of smart defense first of all it gives rise to the notion that what nato has been doing up to now is dumb defense which i don't think is the case the effort to be smarter is really a reaction to the reality of the financial crisis and the continued cuts the burden sharing issue is not new the united states is always complaining that the europeans aren't doing enough and i do think that if the united states wants the europeans to do more united states needs to do and they will do europeans to have a greater voice in what nato does and doesn't do well is it possible with no clear enemy to fight and not enough money does the modern world still need to nato. well we've seen over the last twenty years that there have been situations that have arisen and nato has responded to the balkans in the one nine hundred ninety s. with the war in afghanistan libya where the international community turned to nato to respond to the situation in libya because there's no other institution in the
world that can respond in that way so for all the problems nato has there's no other institution in the world that can do what nader does but it is nato truly inspiring peace around the world that we have been covering a story here at r.t. today so many international professional analysts saying that for example the western led war on terror actually inspired she hottest to group together against the west rather than sowing the seeds of peace around the world how would you read into that these individuals who are responsible for the boston bombings lived here in the united states and so it requires a multifaceted response and occasionally that response is going to need to be military in nature to stop attacks from occurring. still to come a hunger for freedom london calling for the release of the last you case it is indeed good motives also joined the hunger strike their official saying ninety two detainees involved in the defiant protest lawyers claiming the number is much higher more details after this short break.
international and in the very heart of moscow. eighteen minutes past the hour now the u.s. sending more medics to tend to the rising number of hunger striking detainees at guantanamo bay officials saying more than half the hundred sixty six captives now refusing food with the last u.k. resident of the jail among them a small group of london staged a protest against shakur armor being held at that intention center demonstrators calling for his release on the closure of the. has been twice cleared by u.s. authorities but hasn't walked free this before washington introduced a new measure whereby the secretary of defense must certify that burden is a safe place to which he can return and that he won't commit future crimes their shadow lord chancellor sidey khan though says even m.p.'s are being kept in the
dark about why amr is being held without charge. the minister today was also the question one of the reasons why the american authorities have cut to detention and he tellis basically that he couldn't tell us why the americans the keep in him in detention so even m.p.'s been told the reason why the intention is look if you've got something wrong he should face the music he should be charged he should be tried they should be open justice reasons why some of it is called be heard in public fair enough but this should still be a troll you conversation with somebody he's held in detention indefinitely well the prospect of a trial in two thousand and thirteen but it's a new photo but as we get it for the last eleven years. is a disgrace should be closed down. he spoke with his attorney you can see the interview with clyde stafford clive stafford smith in the next hour here on r t meanwhile sixteen detainees on hunger strike could get mo being force fed to
prevent them from starving six in a military hospital in critical condition protests sparked by alleged maltreatment by guards with some detainees increasingly desperate because they're being held indefinitely without charge law professor jonathan hafetz says the crisis won't end until the demands of the captives though are met. the hunger strikes as military officials themselves have acknowledged are triggered at the bottom by the system of indefinite detention and the prolonged think about you know course aeration without trial of individuals and it's not surprising that the u.s. is stepping up its its operations because it's you know it doesn't want you know it doesn't want individuals to die at one time or because it's going to again i think you know throw into into light the real core of where to start relief the real problems that want to animal the way forward though is to you know is to and the system of indefinite detention to repatriate individuals who. are not going to be
charged with crimes of the the future that are going to be charged should be put up for a court and given a trial that's the that's the only way forward that's the only long term solution to the problem otherwise we're going to continue to see under strikes. will continue app and things will continue to happen unless the u.s. puts. puts these measures into place and disappointing and it's just it's just politics that are politics and a lack of political courage a lack of commitment to principles that kind of click over to our website if you think you've missed something on air and there's plenty more besides what we're showing here that's a click away a crowd at a concert in argentina getting a surprising extra for their admission is the sky is illuminated by what's probably imedi your footage on our team dot com plus. global credit giants these are facing a monthly two hundred thousand dollar fine iceland after the country rules that it's wrong to block donations to wiki leaks tracked the story at r.t.
dot com. russian opposition leader alexei no vollies got on trial over embezzlement charges facing up to ten years behind bars for allegedly stealing half a million dollars of timber from a state owned company he insists it's a frame up and the case against him is purely political parties here at this kind of has more. but it seemed only as once again pleaded not guilty adding that he is sure his innocence will be proven true to court meanwhile his lawyers have lodged an objection to the judge accusing him of taking the side of the prosecution the objection was denied along with their appeals to reschedule the hearing and to send the keys back to the prosecutor's office and they've been saying they're not being given enough time to properly go through all the documents and that the case itself was put together with the various regularities but exactly a week ago the defense did manage to reschedule the hearing and they've openly said that the tactic to deal with a stall and attract as much media attention it's possible and in that sense they have been quite successful similar as exactly
a week ago courtroom spak to journalists in why is one of the most controversial opposition bloggers in the country became widely known due to his online anti corruption projects he's a few years critic of the kremlin and became one of the leaders of the opposition during last year's mass protest he's also known for his a linked for his link to a russian nationalists and the authorities are accusing him of organizing a criminal scheme to steal you over on the half a million dollars worth of timber from a state company allegedly back in two thousand and nine when he was the aide to the local governor in cuba of the guilty he may be looking at up to ten years behind bars but then you see borders. that are saying that this is purely political turnout of some other stories making global headlines this hour and a hard man shot and killed by people in the small u.s. town of manchester illinois victims are all from the same family including the
grandmother a young couple and their two children ages one and five another child in serious condition police shot the suspect as he fled the scene he later died of injuries in the hospital locals say the man was stressed by a custody battle with another member of that family. in dhaka bangladesh about one hundred people killed when an eight story building collapsed army police and volunteers still working to find victims under the debris at least eight hundred injured reports say two thousand people in the building when it came down only the ground floor housing a mall and several factories remains intact locals say they saw cracks forming in the building tuesday. the death toll in iraq has hit the hundred mark after two days of deadly violence more than fifty died in wednesday's unrest that included a revenge crusade after security forces raided a protest camp near kirkuk killing at least fifty on tuesday iraqi officials met to discuss the mounting crisis according to the iraqi parliament speaker the
military's actions in kirkuk were quote a flagrant violation of the constitution. within the next twenty to thirty years it's possible that a fully autonomous weapon deployed in the battlefield could couldn't fuse say a young girl with an ice cream cone for a soldier with a gun that's what campaigners in britain claim declaring war on so-called killer robots activists say the lethally are machines should be banned before they're ever used in warfare r.t. sarah firth has more. so perhaps not the most usual sight on the streets of london but this guy here is actually carrying quite an important message he said for the launch of the stop the killer robots campaigns including instigating activists impression that converged in london to launch the campaign calling for a preemptive ban on fully autonomous weapons let's tell us more about this i'm joined by steve for human rights watch the thank you very much for joining us what is a killer able this guy's a killer obviously but what's it all about this friendly robot that is not armed
killer robots or fully autonomous weapons are future systems that will operate without human control this is the scary part you're taking the human out of the loop allow the robots the machines to make decisions about what to target on the battlefield and when to pull the trigger no human involvement and of this is gaining a lot of interest this is obviously what you want people taking out the message what information do you want to get out there what do we not know about because a lot of people say this is advancing technology and it's all good we're not against technology we're not against robotics we're not against the movement towards greater autonomy in robots but we want to stop our arms systems killing systems that have full autonomy where you take the human out of the loop always in every case what has to be the fundamental principle is that a human must always be meaningfully involved in the control over decisions to launch weapons and to fire it might all sound
a bit hollywood but it's not as far off as you might think many campaign is fearless science fiction like arms race is already quietly getting underway with developers standing to make huge amounts for really creative deals it is like this big dog throwing blocks of concrete cause concern little public debates yet being had about the implications of the development of this type of technology people think of fully autonomous weapons they think of the terminator they think by. something like this guy you're saying that you know what it looked like you know the wall is more likely to be a small time. i mean the developments are the the darpa thus the research wing of the pentagon the courser for instance us a research platform for this and a seven and a half ton six we can read it is quite an extraordinary piece of technology they also have a project which is called developed on the thomas submarine that can over submarines that cynthia's to testing and then the and there is well it's not robots the kind
of would fall over in a bottle and this is being launched in london how big a road c.-k. have to play in comparison to say the u.s. instead of leading the way with this well we've got to be a systems is on their second one we've got the something called which is going to be tested. this year industry a spent a year and a half behind development but that's fully a thomas intercontinental combat aircraft but when it comes to fully autonomous weapons we're not there yet but they. say that the more time the lads the possum the more money this ploughed into developing this type of technology the place we must find. reality. next heated debate in clashing opinions cross talk with us stay with us here on are today.